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Fabrication of Ag/AgCl/ZIF-8/TiO2 decorated cotton fabric as a highly efficient photocatalyst for degradation of organic dyes under visible light

  • Xinmei Guan
  • Shaojian LinEmail author
  • Jianwu LanEmail author
  • Jiaojiao Shang
  • Wenxu Li
  • Yifei Zhan
  • Hongyan Xiao
  • Qingshuang Song
Original Research


In this work, a photocatalyst Ag/AgCl/ZIF-8/TiO2 was facilely assembled on the surface of cotton fabrics via a simple method to fabricate a visible-light photocatalyst composite. The resultant cotton fabric was comprehensively characterized by scanning electron microscopy, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, X-ray diffraction, and UV–vis diffuse reflection spectroscopy. The results showed that the Ag/AgCl/ZIF-8/TiO2 aggregations have successfully assembled on the surface of cotton fabric. Subsequently, Ag/AgCl/ZIF-8/TiO2 coated cotton fabric was employed as a visible-light photocatalytic material for degradation of organic dyes using methylene blue (MB) as a model. Owing to the synergistic effect of the Ag/AgCl/ZIF-8/TiO2 composite, the functional cotton fabric presented highly efficient photocatalytic degradation performance towards MB, the degradation of MB by Ag/AgCl/ZIF-8/TiO2 coated cotton fabric can reach to 98.5% within 105 min under visible light irradiation. Moreover, the first-order kinetic constant of photocatalytic degradation was 0.0332 min−1. Additionally, Ag/AgCl/ZIF-8/TiO2 coated cotton fabric exhibited acceptable cycle stability. The photocatalytic degradation capacity of MB still can maintain approximately 85% after three cycles. Therefore, Ag/AgCl/ZIF-8/TiO2 coated cotton fabric can be viewed as a good material for dye wastewater treatment due to its good photocatalytic activity and acceptable cycle ability.

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Ag/AgCl/ZIF-8/TiO2 composite Cotton fabric Photocatalytic degradation Methylene blue 



This work was supported by “the Fundamental Research Funds for the Central Universities” (No: YJ201823). We would like to thank the Analytical & Testing Center of Sichuan University for SEM and XPS measurements.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Xinmei Guan
    • 1
  • Shaojian Lin
    • 1
    Email author
  • Jianwu Lan
    • 1
    Email author
  • Jiaojiao Shang
    • 1
  • Wenxu Li
    • 1
  • Yifei Zhan
    • 1
  • Hongyan Xiao
    • 1
  • Qingshuang Song
    • 1
  1. 1.College of Light Industry and Textile and Food EngineeringSichuan UniversityChengduChina

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